Definition of viewer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈvjuːə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvjuːər//
    Watching TV
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  1. 1a person watching television The programme attracted millions of viewers. CollocationsTelevisionWatching watch television/​TV/​a show/(British English) a programme/(North American English) a program/​a documentary/​a pilot/​a rerun/​a repeat see (especially British English) an ad/(especially North American English) a commercial/​the news/​the weather catch/​miss a show/​a programme/​a program/​an episode/​the news pick up/​reach for/​grab the remote (control) change/​switch channel surf (through)/ (especially North American English) flip through/ (especially British English) flick through the channels sit in front of/​switch on/​switch off/​turn on/​turn off the television/​the TV/​the TV set have/​install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishShowing show a programme/​a documentary/​an ad/​a commercial screen a programme/​a documentary run an ad/​a commercial broadcast/ (especially North American English) air/​repeat a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a series go out/​air/​be recorded live attract/​draw (in)/pull (in) viewers be a hit with viewers/​audiences/​critics get (low/​high) ratingsAppearing be on/​appear on television/​TV/​a TV show take part in a phone-in/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a reality TV show host a show/​a programme/​series/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a talk show/(British English) a chat show be/​become/​work as a/​an (British English) TV presenter/​talk-show host/​sports commentator/​anchorman/(British English) newsreader read/​present the news appear/​perform live (on TV)Programme-making do/​film/​make a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a pilot/​a series/​an ad/​a commercial work on a soap (opera)/a pilot (episode)/a sitcom write/​produce a drama/​sitcom/​spin-off/​comedy series See related entries: Watching TV
  2. 2a person who looks at or considers something Some of her art is intended to shock the viewer. viewers of the current political scene
  3. 3a device for looking at slides (= photographs on special film), for example a small box with a light in it
  4. Extra examples BBC viewers saw the prime minister lose his cool on last night’s ‘Question Time’. Hundreds of viewers called in to complain after the show. It is estimated that four million viewers watched the programme. Many producers have a low opinion of the average viewer’s intelligence. More than six million viewers tuned in to see the game. Most cable viewers have a few channels that they watch regularly. TV viewers saw the giant funnel of a tornado speeding across the fields. The announcer informed viewers that programmes would be running late. The announcer informed viewers that the game had been postponed. The evening news is to change its serious image in a bid to attract more viewers. The first series is probably the one best remembered by fans and casual viewers alike. The new sitcom has been a big hit with viewers. The presenter’s style may alienate some viewers. Viewers can vote for their favourite/​favorite performer. We want to present viewers with something they haven’t seen before. While fewer people are attending football matches, armchair viewers are growing in number. a major new drama series that looks set to shock television viewers attempts to lure younger viewers to the channel Many informed viewers of the current political scene are becoming critical of the government. The show attracted millions of viewers.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: viewer